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A St. Mary’s judge ordered Friday that a Mechanicsville man remain in the county jail in lieu of $100,000 bond on charges of sexually abusing and committing a third-degree sexual offense in 2010 with a boy who was 12 years old.
The sexual assaults by Ronald Davis Pope, now 48, occurred on at least four occasions at a residence, during a time period ending in January of this year, according to charging papers filed by detective Cpl. Thomas Hedderich of the St. Mary’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations.
“Further evidence was discovered that the defendant had produced child pornography at the [same] residence. That aspect of the [investigation] is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” the detective wrote in a statement of probable cause. “The defendant is currently on house arrest, ... living in a [different] residence with a 14-year-old boy. Based on interviews, ... it appears that the defendant may have been grooming that juvenile for potential abuse.”
The detective wrote in the charging papers that the suspect “made statements corroborating the criminal acts of the investigation.”